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Expect a wealth of Roman architecture in an unspoiled natural setting in this coastal Croatian city.

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Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

1. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months.  Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments.  See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.

Pula: Exclusive Dolphin & Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Drinks

2. Pula: Exclusive Dolphin & Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Drinks

Join our fully narrated 3 hour dolphin / sightseeing tour from Pula as we travel the scenic waterways of the beautiful Brijuni National Park to observe magnificent bottlenose dolphins feeding , playing or simply cruising in their natural habitat while learning about their social behavior , feeding habits and much more. Enjoy the stunning sunset from the comfort of the luxury ship Europa in the most famous National Park in Croatia. The adventure will be completed by dinner and drinks served by our friendly crew during the entire cruise. On this tour you will learn all about dolphins in their natural habitat from your guide. Also on this trip you will see all 14 islands of the Brijuni National Park and learn all about many sights from your guide. This unique cruise ends with a return to the port of Pula and a view of the famous Pula lighting giants. Our comfortable boat is certified for the transport of people , it is equipped with a terrace and covered sundeck , with stereo sound , two toilets , a lounge , a kitchen and a bar. Our Captain has been highly educated Captain in the nautical service for many years. He has experience of history and ecology in the pristine nature of Brijuni National Park and speaks more than five foreign languages.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

3. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet us at the Verudela resort area, on Histria beach, and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. You will recognize us by the logo 'Metta Float Outdoor Adventures' on the white wooden hut. After the intro on the land, it's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with led lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

Fazana: Brijuni National Park Scenic Boat Tour

4. Fazana: Brijuni National Park Scenic Boat Tour

Experience this beautiful boat trip in Brijuni national park archipelago and stop at Sveti Jerolim island. Before arriving on St. Jerolim island enjoy a panoramic ride looking at wild nature and historic landmarks of Brijuni on board of our ship Kristina where our crew will serve you complimentary cold drinks. Just 15 minutes by boat from Fazana we will reach Veliki Brijun, the biggest of all 14 islands. Here you can see vila Kastel which belonged to Austrian aristocrat Paul Kuppelwieser who bought the island in 1893. This island is home to many attractions such as Roman settlements and even has a safari park with some exotic animals. Next we see Mali Brijun island featuring Fort Minor, transformed into a summertime theatre. Later we see the famous fish-shaped island of Gaz. Then we see the islands of Galija and Titos island Vanga. We also pass Vila Brijunka and lighthouse Peneda overlooking the harbor of Pula. Lastly, we arrive at St. Jerolim. Staying on this island is optional and highly recommended. There you can stay and enjoy swimming in crystal clear water. There is always possibility to come back on starting point on main pier in Fazana at 4 PM and also options for coming back at 2 PM and 5.30 PM. depending on daily number of guests. Exact time for return should be agreed with tour guide and captain and depends on number of guests and starting time of your tour. The island is a real piece of paradise with waters full of fish and lots of peacocks running freely around the island. There is a nice restaurant on the island offering tasty food and cold drinks for reasonable prices. There is an entrance fee to the island that should be paid on the spot when you leave the boat. Island opens for visitors on June 1st this year when the sea should be warm enough for swimming. At the same time also restaurant opens. This year the entrance fee on the island is 5 euros for adults and 3 euros for kids.

Pula: Brijuni National Park & Jerolim Island Dolphin Cruise

5. Pula: Brijuni National Park & Jerolim Island Dolphin Cruise

Embark on a guided tour of the Brijuni National Park on this cruise from Pula. Sip on unlimited drinks along the way and delight your taste buds with a delectable lunch. Explore St. Jerolim Island at your own pace with free time to enjoy the beaches. Board a comfortable ship with a captain and a guide and head out to the islands of the Brijuni National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals like dolphins along the way, and swim at St. Jerolim Island. Cruise around all islands and listen as your guide shares facinating information about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes with your choice of fish, beef, or vegetables. Stop at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), where you can stay for 2.5 hours. On the island, have the chance to stroll its scenic beaches, go for a refreshing swim, or explore the island itself. Take advantage of the unlimited drinks onboard the boat, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship might be followed by playful dolphins that frequent these waters to feed on the large fish population. Return to Pula harbor with for wonderful nighttime views of the city and the iconic Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheater.

Fazana: Guided Dolphin Watching Sightseeing Cruise at Sunset

6. Fazana: Guided Dolphin Watching Sightseeing Cruise at Sunset

Explore magnificent clear waters of Brijuni national park and spend time observing dolphins playing and eating in the time around sunset. Make some incredible pictures of this beautiful marine mammals from the boat. You will enjoy your tour on nice comfortable tour boat for 50 persons. Trip starts from main pier in Fazana and takes you in the waters of Brijuni national park where captain searches for dolphins. When he finds them the boat slows down and you start the main part of this excursion. Probability of seeing dolphins is over 90 percent. You can make many great photos with dolphins and sun setting on the horizon. Tour lasts from 1h 30min to max 2 h, depending how far captain needs to sail to find dolphins.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Sunset, Dolphins & Dinner Cruise

7. Pula: Brijuni National Park Sunset, Dolphins & Dinner Cruise

Take to the water for a cruise on a traditional Croatian wooden boat from Pula. Enjoy dinner freshly prepared by a chef onboard as you search for dolphins and watch the sunset. Begin your cruise with panoramic sightseeing of port Pula, the main port of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Continue cruising into Brijuni Islands National Park to look for dolphins as the chef prepares a delicious dinner. Brijuni Islands National Park is home to 14 islands with white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. With a large fish population, dolphins can often be found hunting for a meal in the area. For dinner, choose between mackerel with salad, chicken breast with salad, or a vegetarian option. Unlimited mineral water, orange juice, and white wine are included during the cruise. Return to Pula harbor with a wonderful night view of the city and the iconic Pula Arena, a Roman Amphitheater.

Pula: Sea Cave Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour with Wetsuit

8. Pula: Sea Cave Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour with Wetsuit

Kayak and snorkel your way along the coast of Pula to explore the city’s impressive sea caves. Visit the Seagull’s Rocks, dive into a cave, and explore the world beneath the waves with snorkeling masks and underwater lights.  Soak up coastal views as you kayak to a sea cave off the coast of Pula. Explore the cave floor with snorkeling masks and underwater lights. Your guides will document your adventure with GoPro underwater cameras. Enjoy the support of experienced guides throughout the tour. At the end, feel free to relax with a cold drink of water or beer. Receive the link to your photos a few days after the tour (photos are not being separated).

Pula: National Park Brijuni Panoramic Boat Cruise

9. Pula: National Park Brijuni Panoramic Boat Cruise

Welcome to our adventure package - the perfect blend of Nature’s wonders and aquatic delights . Explore with us Brijuni National park and during the cruise we serve lunch (grilled fish , grilled meat or veggie menu ) and you can enjoy an unlimited amount of drinks ( Cola , fanta , sprite , water , red & white wine ). After the cruise we stop at a hidden coastal oasis Stinjan and a break there lasts 2 hours where you can swimm or visit Beach bar Lost bay . After break we return to Pula at 16.00.

Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

10. Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

After being transported to the pier, you will begin your 3-hour tour which will be arranged on board of a comfortable boat around the Brijuni National Park. You will have a guide with you on board your boat, who will conduct a sightseeing tour around all islands of the National Park whilst also informing you of interesting facts about the islands and its famous owners. Your tour also includes dinner on board your boat, consisting of traditional dishes of Mediterranean cuisine such as fish, meat, or vegetarian dishes. You will also have an unlimited amount of drinks whilst on board your boat, including wine, mineral water, soft drinks, and water. You can take comfort in knowing that between 93-100% of your guide's guests have seen dolphins in the past. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

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Frequently asked questions about Pula

What are the best day trips and excursions from Pula?

The best day trips and excursions from Pula are:

Rovinj

Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Pula

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What should I do on my first trip to Pula?

When traveling to Pula for the first time, you should definitely visit the impressive Arena of Pula. This remarkable Roman amphitheater was built in the 1st century and is the 6th largest Roman amphitheater in the world. Another highlight is the historic old town. While strolling through it, you'll be amazed by the city's rich history, which you can see at every turn. Here, you'll find Roman ruins, medieval buildings, and Baroque architecture that reflect the city's history from antiquity to the present day.

What are some hidden gems to see in Pula?

A hidden gem in Pula is the Zerostrasse, or the Air Raid Shelter Tunnel. This underground system was built during World War I and served as a shelter for the civilian population during air raids. The Zerostrasse extends beneath the historic center of Pula and was originally created for military purposes. Today, you can visit these impressive tunnels. The Pula Market Hall is also worth a visit. This Art Nouveau-style market hall offers local specialties and fresh produce. On the first floor, you'll find authentic restaurants to sample local dishes.

How much time should I spend in Pula?

One day is a good amount of time to explore the Old Town of Pula with its attractions like the Roman Amphitheater, the Temple of Augustus, and the Sergius Arch. However, if you're planning a beach vacation and excursions, you could stay for up to a week in Pula. You can enjoy time at the region's beaches and take trips to places like the Brijuni Islands, Kamenjak National Park, Rovinj, and Cape Kamenjak.

What food is Pula known for?

Pula is known for its seafood-rich cuisine, with many fishing ports in the vicinity. A classic is Istarska supa, a fish soup from the Istria region. Brudet, a hearty fish stew, is also a highlight. Pula's excellent olive oil, truffle dishes, ham, and cheese are must-tries too. In the old town of Pula, you can find the best selection of restaurants. The fish restaurants in the market hall are popular with locals at lunch time.

What is the best way to get around Pula?

In Pula, the best way to get around is on foot. The city is highly walkable, particularly in the center, where you can explore numerous attractions like the Roman Amphitheater, the Temple of Augustus, and the Arch of the Sergii. The historic core is a pedestrian-friendly zone, making it easy to stroll around and enjoy the city's charm. For those interested in visiting the city's beautiful beaches, you can conveniently reach many of them by bus. Pula has a well-connected public transportation system that allows you to access various coastal areas and enjoy the stunning Adriatic shores.

What are the best months to visit Pula?

The best months to visit Pula are June and July. June offers pleasant temperatures and ideal weather for exploring the city and swimming in the sea. In July, the hot weather is great for beach days but there are many events taking place too, such as the Pula Film Festival, the oldest film festival in Croatia.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Pula?

The city center of Pula is a must for every visitor. Here, the heart of the city beats, and you'll experience the fascinating blend of Roman history and modern life. Well-preserved ancient relics, such as the imposing Amphitheater and the Temple of Augustus, along with the charming narrow streets, create a breathtaking backdrop. However, you shouldn't miss the Verudela Peninsula, located a few kilometers outside the city center, offering a splendid coastal area. You'll find a relaxed atmosphere, dreamy beaches, and a variety of recreational activities here. Verudela is renowned for its top-notch resorts and holiday facilities, making it an ideal choice for a stay in Pula.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The city center of Pula, especially the area around the Arch of the Sergii and Flanatička Street leading towards the market hall, is a great place for shopping. Here, you'll find a variety of shops, local boutiques, and markets offering local products, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Especially Flanatička Street, heading towards the market hall, provides good shopping opportunities and a chance to discover regional specialties. The old town, on the other hand, is ideal for browsing in international boutiques and fashion stores.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Pula?

A wonderful place to stay in Pula, especially if you plan to spend more than a night in the area, is the Verudela Peninsula. Here, you'll find stunning beaches, top-notch hotels and resorts, and a relaxed atmosphere. The best part is that the vibrant Old Town of Pula is just about 5 kilometers away and easily accessible by bus or taxi. This allows you to unwind on the beach during the day and savor the cultural and culinary offerings of the Old Town in the evening. Verudela also offers a variety of leisure activities and water sports.

What are your top 5 favorite GetYourGuide experiences in Pula?

Pula: Brijuni National Park & Jerolim Island Dolphin Cruise

Pula Essentials Evening Tour

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Istria: Guided Tour of Southern Istria and Olive Oil Tasting

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What people are saying about Pula

Overall rating

4.5
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This tour was exactly what we wanted. The guide, Stefano, was incredibly knowledgeable and handled questions from the history of ship building in the harbour to native Istrian breeds of dog with ease and humour. Absolute bargain for the price! We got a thorough grounding in the whole history of the town and area basically from prehistory to the present day including conservation efforts. It's a big old recommend from us and a big thank you Stefano if you read this for being so friendly and answering our questions.

It was a great experience. We were lucky and were able to see some dolphins. The food was also very good. The staff was very friendly and everything on the ship was neat and clean. Gladly again

Sini was amazing! We had a really good time and highly recommend the tour.

Tour was great, learned a lot and it didn‘t took to long or to short.

Wonderful experience! My dad was very thrilled to visit the Arena.